There's a pretty cool idea at the heart of Dracula 2000: that Dracula is none other than Judas Iscariot, who committed suicide after his betrayal of Christ, but was refused the oblivion afforded by deatha clever set up that neatly explains the vampire's hatred of both the cross and of silver. With director Patrick Lussier at the helmwho certainly knows how to handle his special effects and action, and who has no qualms about dishing up plenty of gnarly violencethis had the potential to be a hugely enjoyable updating of the Dracula mythos, but the film rarely lives up to its promise.It all starts well enough, with a bunch of ruthless criminals breaking into Van Helsing's vault and stealing the silver coffin within, convinced that it contains something of immense value. Instead, they discover that they have unwittingly freed the legendary Dracula, who proceeds to search for Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Justine Waddell), with whom he shares a superna…
This seriously hurts the Dracula myth. Dracula is NOT Judas. The very Dracula novel will tell you that he 'must be the Dracula who fought the Turks'. That's Vlad the Impaler, born 1431 and died 1476. NOT Judas. And I find the attempt to justify Dracula's limitations to tie them to the Judas story to be flawed at best. Okay, so he was paid in silver when he betrayed Jesus so he hates silver, he hates the sun because he tried to kill himself at dust… O…kay… and he hates crosses because of Jesus being crucified (long held guilt?). So how do we explain his aversion to Garlic? They had Italian at the last supper? Also I do NOT like the idea that Jesus would condemn anyone to be a vampire. Jesus forgave Judas. And why would he come to save humanity only to unleash the world's worst vampire on the Earth. That's a Messiah who gave us Count Dracula?! Some Messiah unleashing a monster on us. Thanks a lot! Gerard Butler is physically attractive as this so-call…
They just couldn't resist making another Dracula movie, could they? This completely ridiculous one depicts the count getting resurrected in the 21st century and his true back story gets revealed. Now that Christopher Plummer has won an Oscar, it boggles the mind that he actually starred in this junk (and he was already a renowned actor, so how the hell did he get mixed up in this?).In all fairness, the movie wasn't a total waste. I did like the scene where the reporter has an unpleasant surprise while getting filmed, but other than that, "Dracula 2000" is pretty pointless. A real letdown for all involved.
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